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Enjoy these reads. Each one has made a profound difference in my business and life. I hope they help you just as much, if not more!

Issue 29 | August 2016

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Slide:ology

By Nancy Duarte

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When I started public speaking back in 2011, I caught the bug and became very serious about giving the best presentations and delivering the best performances on stage. I hired a coach, a student of Nancy Duarte’s in fact, and I read as much as I could on the topic. Of all the books I read about public speaking, this one was the most helpful and unique because its focus was not on the speaking, but specifically on the presentation slides.

I knew slides were important, but I didn’t know exactly how to craft slides to best convey my support my ideas in the presentations I was giving. I didn’t want my presentation slides to be an “add-on.” I wanted them to enhance my presentation as a whole. That’s where this book filled me in.

Issue 28 | July 2016

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The Urban Monk

By Pedram Shojai

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What I found most enjoyable about the book are Pedram’s personal stories, and the stories of some of his clients who had been struggling through various things, such as poor sleep, lack of energy, etc., and his unique remedies and solutions for them.

I’ve actually been meditating consistently and I learned some new techniques by reading the book. Some of the remedies in the book I might have been skeptical about in the past, but I now know work well. The book is actually filled with some pretty amazing hacks for a clearer mind and body, leading a more stress-free life, and gaining more energy and productivity in business too.

Issue 27 | June 2016

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Ego is the Enemy

By Ryan Holiday

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The concepts Ryan tackles in the book are super fascinating and important to remember. Success can change people, even if it’s a success that crashes and burns. I personally have witnessed friends whose success really changed them for the worse. Those individuals I can’t really call friends anymore, which is pretty devastating. So, I take those types of experiences as a constant reminder to never let that happen to me.

Ego, that thing within us that sometimes comes out, is the enemy of anything great, it’s the obstacle for ambition and success, and I’ve worked hard on my own to avoid getting a big head (and I have a great wife, April, who helps keep me in check too!).

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